Club Tijuana soar to the top of Liga MX Power Rankings, Tigres slip to No. 2
After a week of the 2017 Clausura in which 17 goals were scored, Week 4 could go down as the lowest scoring week of the season with just 14 goals. Nevertheless, there's no doubt that scoring will increase in the coming weeks.
Here are Liga MX's Week 4 Power Rankings.
1. CLUB TIJUANA (+3):
In his first season in Mexico, Guido Rodriguez's performances were a huge surprise but nowadays, the 22-year-old product of River Plate's youth teams is on his way to becoming one of Xolos' idols. Against Cruz Azul, his performance helped Tijuana get a tough 1-0 win.
2. TIGRES UANL (-1):
Chiapas stunned the entire league after claiming a 1-0 victory over the league's reigning champions. It's worrying to see Tigres get two straight away losses -- at Atlas and Chiapas, of all places -- but if there's a team that can get over this slump, it's Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's Tigres.
3. CHIVAS (no change):
At Queretaro, Chivas picked up their second win of the season, their first away win. Despite Chivas creating more than enough chances to add to their lead, both of their wins have been by a single goal. Next up is Santos Laguna, one of two undefeated teams still standing this season.
4. PACHUCA ( -2):
Pachuca's current scoring drought has become a hurdle that the team needs to overcome in order to once again be one of Liga MX's most dangerous teams. In its scoreless draw against Toluca, Los Tuzos looked vulnerable and thanks to centre-backs Oscar Murillo and Omar Gonzalez, they escaped the possibility of a home loss.
5. PUMAS UNAM (no change):
Their wins over Cruz Azul, Leon and Necaxa set Pumas as the hottest club in the league right now. On Sunday, Pumas defeated Necaxa by a final score of 3-1, a notable result given that Los Rayos hadn't conceded more than two goals in a Liga MX match since their return to the first division last summer.
6. TOLUCA (no change):
After Los Diablos Rojos' scoreless draw against Pachuca, head coach Hernan Cristante noted that the team will keep improving and that they were unlucky to not walk away with a win from Estadio Hidalgo. Cristante's team has one of the best set of attackers in the league.
77. LEON (no change):
In their 0-0 draw against Monterrey, Los Esmeraldas wasted a great chance to get a win because Los Rayados played down a man for about 70 minutes after Edwin Cardona's red card. Nevertheless, Leon is a team that takes joy in late surges, as was the case last season.
8. CLUB AMERICA (no change):
Paraguayan Cecilio Dominguez was America's main bright spot in its 1-0 win over a valiant Veracruz side. Dominguez, who made his America debut on Saturday night, showcased details in his game that suggest that he will give a lot of joys to Las Aguilas' faithful.
9. MONTERREY (no change):
Last season, one of the main reasons Monterrey missed out from the playoffs was because it picked up five home draws. To start off this season, it already has two. If Los Rayados can't win their home games they'll have a tough time finishing in the top eight.
10. SANTOS LAGUNA (+1):
Although Santos' XI includes three natural forwards like Djaniny Tavares, Julio Furch and Jonathan Rodriguez, Los Guerreros' last three goals have been scored by centre-backs Nestor Araujo (two) and Carlos Izquierdoz (one). Upcoming games against Chivas, Cruz Azul and Leon will be great tests to measure where the team stands.
11. NECAXA (-1):
Los Rayos have had a slow start with three losses and one win. Last season, it took them 17 regular season games before they suffered a third defeat.
12. CRUZ AZUL (no change):
So far in the season, Paco Jemez's team has suffered two away losses in which it created enough chances to at least walk away with a draw. Next Saturday, La Maquina hosts Queretaro, a team that has yet to score a single goal in the current Clausura.
13. ATLAS (no change):
Once again Atlas gave a superb home performance, this time against Morelia. Their 3-1 win over Los Monarcas shed light on the fact that Los Rojinegros will be a tough team to beat at home but if they aspire to battle for a playoff spot, they need to get a couple of away wins.
14. CHIAPAS (+3):
Chiapas has been a pleasant surprise in the Clausura. A pair of 1-0 wins over Toluca and Tigres proved that they're capable to beat any Liga MX team but it must improve on scoring their scoring chances because against Tigres, it wasted plenty of them.
15. VERACRUZ (no change):
With Chiapas tallying massive wins, Veracruz will need to continue getting home wins, as it has been doing in the Clausura. Next up for Los Tiburones Rojos is a visit from red-hot Chiapas.
16. MORELIA (-2):
Even though Morelia suffered its first Clausura loss against Atlas, Los Monarcas have a good enough squad to avoid relegation but in order for that to happen, it must get wins against teams like Puebla, Chiapas and Veracruz.
17. QUERETARO (-1):
There's no joy in Queretaro's football at the moment, just a bunch of confusion. The fact that it's the only team that has yet to score in the Clausura says all you need to know about its current state.
18. PUEBLA (no change):
Puebla's 2-0 loss against Santos is one of many it will suffer as the season rolls along.
Nayib Moran covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @nayibmoran.